Lowell Williams (Chair)
Appointed as Principal of Dudley College of Technology from 10th March 2008, Lowell has led the college through three successful Ofsted inspections, culminating in the award of ‘outstanding provider’ in 2017. Lowell was previously, Principal of South Leicestershire College, which also achieved Ofsted ‘outstanding provider’ status. Lowell is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Black Country Living Museum, Board member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of the West Midlands Further Education Skills and Productivity Group and is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange.
Lowell has led the creation of the multi-million pound Dudley Learning Quarter. This inspirational new town centre campus includes Dudley Evolve, a state of the art vocational centre, Dudley Sixth, a dedicated A level centre, Dudley Advance, centre for advanced manufacturing and engineering technologies and most recently Dudley Advance II, centre for building technologies, which opens to students in Autumn 2017.
Appointed as Vice Principal – Finance, at Dudley College in 2015 Andrew had previously worked in the private accountancy sector; having moved into the world of finance following a professional footballing career. With experience of serving as a governor of Halesowen College, he brought a valuable understanding of the further education sector to Dudley where he has been instrumental in maintaining the college’s strong financial position whilst also increasing investment in new building such as Dudley Advance II.
During his time as a player Andrew ran out for a range of top-flight teams including Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United, Aston Villa, and West Bromwich Albion. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants.
Director of Thomas Dudley Limited, a group of local manufacturing businesses. Graduated from Brunel University with a degree in manufacturing engineering and also holds a MBA from Wolverhampton University. Martin is a fellow of the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers and Chair of the Skills Policy Group for the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.
As a local Dudley resident Nigel is keen to help drive the future success of the town and the region. With a career as a Chartered Surveyor in both local authorities and the NHS, he brings a back ground in Estates Management and Development to the Board’s areas of expertise. He has developed several major capital investment schemes across the public sector and has a track record of obtaining best value in the public procurement of managed services.
Sir Mark Grundy
Mark is currently the Executive Principal of Shireland Collegiate Academy and was knighted by the queen in 2006 for his services to education and specifically his work at George Salter High School in West Bromwich. Shireland Collegiate Academy was judged as an outstanding school by Ofsted in 2006, 2010 and 2013 and is one of only five schools nationally to be recognised by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) as a Research school.
Mark has worked extensively with the Department for Education and Skills and as an advisor to Microsoft and BECTA. He has long championed the benefits of technology to support school improvement. Sir Mark was one of Lord Dearing’s advisors in his review of Curriculum in 2000.